Speaking for Themselves?: Researching Youth Media Production
Our primary focus thus far has been on children as ‘consumers’ of media. In this chapter and the two that follow, we move on to look at their use of media for creative production and communication. Chapters 8 and 9 present further material from our CHICAM project, looking at the videos produced by the children, and how these formed the basis for intercultural communication between them. This chapter provides a more broad-ranging overview of the issues relating to children’s creative production, looking at the use of media in the home, in educational settings and in the context of research. Our particular interest here is in the possibility of using media to ‘give children a voice’, and to promote intercultural communication: as we shall argue, achieving these aspirations is not as straightforward as it might at first appear. We will be referring briefly to our CHICAM research here; but we will also discuss an earlier project, VideoCulture, which similarly involved the production and exchange of videos by young people.
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